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£1bn contract firm pledge to stay local

WORK for local contractors and jobs for local workers will accrue from a massive £1 billion deal won by two big national companies for supplying essential services to Sellafield such as steam, electricity and water.

Sellafield Ltd has awarded a joint venture (Alliance) contract to Morgan Sindall & Arup which will be worth a potential £1.1 billion for an initial five years.

And as well as giving a commitment to work with local supply chain companies, the two want to take on their own apprentices and train them locally.

They say: “Significant progress has already been made in setting up the collaborative structure which will deliver anticipated benefits to the Sellafield site and the wider community.”

Included in this is a commitment to working with local partners to deliver an apprentice training scheme in West Cumbria, commitment by the Alliance venture enterprise to securing a permanent base in West Cumbria, and an early engagement with local stakeholders in preparation of a socio-economic plan identifying the Alliance’s commitment to West Cumbria.

It’s the second in a series of long-term contracts which will be let by Sellafield Ltd and introduced by parent body Nuclear Management Partners.

Some £1 billion worth of orders are also predicted to follow through for West Cumbrian businesses over the next five years.

Chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast business cluster and NDA commercial director, Sean Balmer, pointed out: “Signing of this contract represents a significant step towards the safe and secure clean-up of the Sellafield site – the NDA’s No 1 priority.

“I am particularly pleased by the commitment shown to West Cumbria by Morgan Sindall and Arup which is reflected in their decision to establish a permanent base in the area.

“It’s important that long-term strategic contracts like this are used to provide a solid framework around which we can build a stable and secure local supply chain which will help us deliver the aspirations set out in the Britain’s Energy Coast economic blueprint.

“I look forward to seeing both of these companies make an important contribution to both the long-term care of infrastructure assets at Sellafield and the wider West Cumbrian economy.”

Deputy managing director at Sellafield, George Beveridge, said: “Collaborative alliances such as this represents a new way of operating for us but they do represent industry best practice and we now look forward to realising the benefits that this new approach will bring to the site. I’m particularly pleased to see that much good work has already taken place in finding a West Cumbrian location for the workforce, engaging local partners in addressing training needs and understanding the needs of the local community.

“We’ve got off to a good start, it’s important that we now maintain that momentum.”

Arup director, Jim Johnson, said “Coupled with our substantial expertise in energy and waste resources this ensures that we will help Sellafield Ltd deliver on its key goals and objectives for the future of the site and provide solutions to the unique challenges it faces.

“We already have a team in place as well as many trusted and dependable local partners and contractors we can rely on throughout the supply chain.”

For Morgan Sindall, managing director Graham Shennan pledged: “We will continue to use our considerable experience and innovation combined with our safe and sustainable focus to ensure we support Sellafield in delivering greater quality more efficiently.”

Have your say

Does this mean that as part of the deal Morgan Sindal & Arup are providing the £18m for building Albion Square and they are to be also the providers of its long lease to Sellafield. The treasury only sanctioned BEC's £3m but Morgan Sindal have already the contract to build it. But whose the private investor funding the build? No - not the Tax Payer.

Posted by Arthur Millie on 4 January 2013 at 17:15

Good to see the NDA and NMP are beginning to learn after the mauling they were dealt by the Public Accounts Committee. Pity it had to come to a public spectacle to shame them into acting. Still, credit where its due.

Posted by Herbert Morris on 3 January 2013 at 15:34

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